A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

Local neighborhood thrift shops are my go-to sources for good quality, recycled home furnishings and accessories. And there’s always something new going on!

As an amateur home re-decorator, I am always on the lookout for just the right recycled, extra-seating-solutions, eye-catching artwork, textured pillows or intriguing accessories — to add a bit of punch to some room in my home! Plus, it feels so good to transform someone else’s carefully-chosen ‘trash’ into a satisfying, homey ‘treasure’.

Local neighborhood thrift shops are my go-to sources for good quality, recycled home furnishings and accessories. And there’s always something new going on!

For example, to keep the experience interesting and thrift-shoppers hopping, The New York City Opera Thrift Shop on E. 23rd Street, regularly lures us in with tempting special shopping events.

Case in point, for most of March, the City Opera Thrift Shop was transformed into a splendid World Bazaar featuring high-quality furniture, artwork, antiques, home accessories, books, music, and more — priced at incredibly low prices in addition to ethnic and artisanal clothing and accessories.

 

It’s Cool to Thrift Shop for Good

 

The best thing about shopping there is that all proceeds support the creation and design of costumes for productions at New York City Opera at BAM and New York City Center. Not only do I shop there and save, but I also donate my unwanted items to the this charity each year so someone else can ‘reuse’ what I don’t need any more. It’s good for my wallet, good for the environment and good for the arts.

 

Look at the gems I found this on this trip, alone.

 

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts

A red hot pair of embroidered throw pillows in perfect condition and perfect for my couch.

 

 

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

I know the perfect place in my home for this fabulous wrought iron and bamboo table.

 

 

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts

My next dinner party will look great with these beautiful, black and white ceramic dishes.

 

 A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

I know just where to put this lovely second-hand, hutch and exactly what I will fill it with.

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

This exquisite metal, sculpture will be a conversation piece in my living room, and I got it for peanuts.

 

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

This large, textured pot will look great in my home with bamboo branches!

You can join their mailing list for email updates about upcoming City Opera Thrift Shop special events:  thriftshop@nycOpera.com

 

The 2013 Cooking Event

May 1, 2013

12:00pm – 7:00pm

Admission is free.

“Passion, drama, and exceptional artistry: these are words often connected to the New York City Opera, but they could just as easily be used to describe the process of preparing a wonderful meal.” Once again, the City Opera Thrift Shop is cooking up a special event to celebrate the joy of the culinary arts! You can be among the first to preview their collection of vintage cookbooks and unique kitchen and dining accessories at great prices.

In addition, you can participate in their annual Black and White Event where you can shop from their extensive collection of women’s apparel, assorted shoes, and accessories.

 

The Essentials

New York City Opera Thrift Shop

222 East 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010

Tel. 212.684.5344

Email: thriftshop@nycOpera.com

Hours:

Mon-Fri 10:00am-7:00pm

Sat 10:00am-6:00pm

Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

What are your favorite places to find second-hand furnishings and accessories? Share with us below in the comments section.